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Both the form (by Süe and Mare) and the decoration (designed by Vera and probably applied by a specialized craftsman using a stencil) of this commode, especially its lavish gilding, recall the grandeur of the Louis XV period. The subject of its decoration is the Judgment of Paris, a story from Greek mythology. The shepherd Paris was forced to decide which goddess was the most beautiful: Juno, Minerva, or Venus. He is shown awarding the golden apple to Venus, who, as a bribe, promised him the love of any woman in the world; in choosing Helen of Troy, wife of King Menelaus of Sparta, Paris began the Trojan War.

Commode, Louis Süe (French, Bordeaux 1875–1968 Paris), Oak, lumber-core plywood, chestnut, marble, paint, gold leaf, French

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